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Open Foundations – Drawing

Approx. Duration: 12 months at 8hrs/week

Drawing is fundamental to developing as an artist and there is no quick or instant solution to becoming good at drawing. It needs a lot of practice, over a long period. This Open Foundations drawing course will give you the best starting point to develop basic drawing skills, explore different ways of using materials and tools, and discover drawing as a pleasurable and inventive activity. You will also gain a good understanding of what drawing is and might be, and be aware of contemporary drawing practice. On completion of the five parts of the course you should have gained sufficient skills and enough confidence to go on to further study with the Open College of the Arts, and be able to decide on the nature and direction of your future studies and art practice.

Aims

  • encourage you to observe closely
  • appreciate the material aspects of drawing
  • use the visual and physical experience as inspiration for future work
  • see your work in a broader context of contemporary practice

Outcomes

  • gain a developing ability in drawing
  • show increased inventiveness in your approach to materials and tools
  • have an improved visual memory
  • have a greater understanding of what drawing is and might be
  • be more aware of the performative and material aspects of drawing and their use within contemporary art practice
  • have more confidence in your potential as an artist and a growing sense of self reliance
  • be able to decide on the nature and direction of your future studies and art practice